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  • Q & A: Can Palestine become a U.N. member state?

    September 7, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    The Palestinians have vowed to upgrade their U.N. status, either by seeking full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank or recognition as a “non-member state.”

    If the Palestinians ignore opposition from the United States and Israel and...

  • Jewish groups say U.N. resolution is inevitable, but its wording isn’t set

    September 6, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    All but resigned to the inevitability of a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations later this month, Jewish groups are hoping that its effects can be blunted through aggressive diplomacy and the threat of action by the U.S. Congress.

    Jewish groups are urging foreign...

  • Israel says Palestine upgrade at U.N. would be mistake

    August 31, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    Upgrading the Palestinians’ U.N. status would be a “strategic mistake by the world”, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday, cautioning that Israel had prepared a slew of punitive and diplomatic responses.

    Outlining government strategy ahead of next month’s showdown at the...

  • Israel at a crossroads: Danger or opportunity?

    August 31, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Conflicting Issues or two sides of Israel’s national security?

    a)  Israel’s middle class and the socio-economic ‘‘Revolution’‘: 300,000 Israeli’s take to the streets demanding a ‘‘New Deal’‘.
    b) ‘‘Palestinian September’’ – Recognition of an independent Palestinian State: ...

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  • Abbas: PA Won’t Recognize Jewish State

    August 31, 2011 | 9:33 am

    The Palestinian Authority will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    “Don’t order us to recognize a Jewish state. We won’t accept it,” Abbas warned the international community on Saturday.

    Abbas also said Saturday in a speech to Muslim...

  • Bill would cut U.S. funds to backers of Palestinian state

    August 31, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Legislation that would cut off U.S. funds to countries that support granting the Palestinians a state unilaterally was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the United Nations...

  • Israeli army trains settlers to confront protests

    August 30, 2011 | 8:33 am

    Israel’s military has been training Jewish settler security units to cope with any eruption of Palestinian protests alongside a planned bid for statehood at the United Nations next month, settler and military officials said on Tuesday.

    Israel has long permitted settlers to carry...

  • Iran says Palestinian statehood only “first step” towards wiping out Israel

    August 26, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    The creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday.

    He spoke weeks ahead of a U.N. General Assembly in New York where the Arab League plans to seek full U.N. membership...

  • Palestinians set date for U.N. statehood bid

    August 14, 2011 | 8:35 am

    The Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine as an independent state on the first day of the body’s new session.

    P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas will take the Palestinian’s case to the U.N. on Sept. 20, when he asks U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to...

  • ‘All hands’ needed in September, Oren tells Jewish Dems

    August 11, 2011 | 8:51 am

    Israeli ambassador Michael Oren told Jewish Democrats that Israel needs “all hands on deck” ahead of a Palestinian push for statehood.

    Oren, in a conference call Monday with the National Jewish Democratic Council leadership, also called for bipartisanship, saying it is in...

  • Where hope is to be found

    August 2, 2011 | 6:03 pm

    Recent events have cast a dark pall over Israel. The total collapse of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) has led the latter to pursue the course of unilateral action, as reflected in the drive for United Nations affirmation of Palestinian statehood in...

  • Canada will not support Palestinian’s U.N. statehood bid

    July 13, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Canada will not support the Palestinian effort at the United Nations to win statehood.

    “Our government’s long-standing position has not changed,” Chris Day, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, told the Toronto Star Tuesday. “The only solution to this conflict is...

  • Reject unilateral Palestinian statehood, European Parliament members urge EU

    July 11, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    More than 100 members of the European Parliament signed a letter urging the European Union to reject the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood.

    The letter, sent Monday by 106 members of the pan-European governing body, to Lady Catherine Ashton, the head of foreign affairs and...

  • Countdown to Palestinian Statehood

    June 1, 2011 | 10:00 am

    While U.S. officials are running a full-court diplomatic press against the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition of statehood this September and officials at international Jewish organizations are trying to convince foreign leaders to oppose statehood, the Israeli government appears...

  • Reflecting on AIPAC: Applause. Tears. Repeat.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 25, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    Among 10,000 friends and comrades, I stood and applauded, as the Prime Minister forcefully stood in the breach. The State of Israel would never accept borders that cannot be defended, or allow itself to be undone as a Jewish State through the return of generations of refugees, or...

  • Report: P.A. wants $5 billion to develop state

    April 13, 2011 | 8:45 am

    The Palestinian Authority is asking Western countries for nearly $5 billion in order to develop a Palestinian state.

    P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was set to make the pitch during a meeting Wednesday in Brussels for representatives of Western countries, Reuters reported...

  • House urges Obama to block unilateral Palestinian statehood

    December 16, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to veto any United Nations Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state.

    The non-binding resolution passed unanimously Wednesday evening calls on the Obama administration to “affirm that the United States...

  • Clinton: Only talks will result in a state

    October 21, 2010 | 9:58 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Palestinian-American audience that the only path to statehood is through direct talks with Israel.

    The U.S. secretary of state’s remarks Wednesday to a gala dinner of the American Task Force on Palestine comes as the Palestinian Authority reportedly is...

  • Overshadowed Again

    By James D

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

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